Literary References and Further Reading
In her article from April 25, 2016, "What to read after watching Beyoncé's Lemonade," Nichole Perkins writes about connections she's made to Beyoncé's lyrics and suggested further reading, some of which is listed below. Books are available at the WSA Library, Kitsap Regional Library, or through inter-library loan.
Books on the Yoruba People
The Yoruba People are an ethnic group of Southwestern and North central Nigeria and Southern and Central Benin in West Africa. Beyoncé used images of Yoruba in Lemonade, such as Oshun and Ori.(1) See also: Art and Culture References. Books are available at Kitsap Regional Library or through inter-library loan.
(1) Perkins, N. (2016, April 25). What to read after watching Beyoncé's Lemonade. Fusion.
Article on Octavia Butler's influence:
Prince, Cecil Taylor, and Beyoncé's Shape-Shifting Black Body by Hilton Als. The New Yorker, April 26, 2016.
From the article:
Butler is the dominant artistic force in the movie version of “Lemonade.” Shot by various young filmmakers, ranging from Kahlil Joseph to Melina Matsoukas, the movie is accompanied by lyrics that chronicle the anxiety of infidelity and resolution—no love, let alone any coupling, is perfect—but it’s the black female body, Butler’s great subject, that struggles against and sometimes breaks free of Beyoncé’s pop perfection.
An Inter-Library loan (ILL) is a service where a patron (user) of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library.
The patron makes a request with their local library. This local library identifies the institution that owns the desired item (probably using WorldCat!), places the request, receive the item, makes it available for the patron to pick up at their closest branch, and arranges for the return.
The lending library determines the loan and renewal period for the item. If you need an ILL item longer, you should contact your local library at least three business days before the due date and ask them to request an extension from the lending library.
Some libraries have items in reserve or reference collections that cannot be borrowed. If the item you want is owned by a library that you could visit on your own (for example, at the University of Washington) you should plan for a research visit to look at the resources you need, take notes, and make photocopies.
Plan ahead! If the lending institution agrees to loan the item you want to your local library, it could take three weeks or more before the item actually arrives at your local branch, ready for you to pick up.
Good news! An ILL is a free service provided to library patrons. The only cost will be if the lending library charges your local library a processing fee for microfilm or copy requests.